Michelle has always been excited to share great stories and good news with others, which is what led her to delve into a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at Pepperdine University.
After graduating, Michelle spent several years at NBC Network News as a field producer covering the OJ Simpson trial for the Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Today Show, and Dateline. She also helped produce Today Show entertainment segments in Los Angeles interviewing celebrities. A bit disenchanted with the “news” business, Michelle’s passion turned to marketing … applying many of those public relations, psychology, and communications classes, but also self-learning what drives herself and others to make decisions to buy products or attend events.
Collaborating with teams at businesses, schools, and churches, her decades of experience bring out the best of each organization’s vision and message using marketing strategy, social media content, writing, graphic design, emceeing, and webinar hosting. She has served as a certified EC-6 teacher, built the creative sides of websites, developed an online school, revamped one school's admissions process, and taught fifth grade.
A California native and pilot’s daughter who spent a handful of her childhood years overseas, Michelle now hunkers down in North Texas with her husband, former Major Leaguer Mike Simms, and their two daughters. When they are not suffering whistle shock from watching endless club and college volleyball matches, they love traveling, discovering new seafood restaurants, and sipping on a Cuban Cortadito (with caramelized sugar, please).
Michelle joined Coram Deo Academy in August 2020 and has served in donor relations, development, and marketing. She's been highly involved on the annual gala committee and loves the CDA community. Mike and Michelle are active members at their church through small group and bible study. They have two daughters, Sabrina (a recent OU graduate) and Gabrielle (CDA Class of 2021, current student at Texas Tech).